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Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of child thrown off Tate Modern

News   •   Dec 06, 2019 16:19 GMT

[Jonty Bravery]

A man has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a child.

Jonty Bravery, 18 (02.10.01), of Ealing, entered his plea at the Old Bailey on Friday, 6 December.

Bravery was charged after he threw a six-year-old boy from a viewing platform of a gallery earlier this year.

An investigation was launched after police were called at around 14:40hrs on Sunday, 4 August, to reports of a young boy thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform of the Tate Modern in Bankside, SE1.

Officers attended along with colleagues from London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

The boy was found on a fifth floor roof and treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital by London’s Air Ambulance.

He spent a number of weeks in hospital, before he was able to return to France with his family on Monday, 16 September, where he continues to receive treatment in hospital. While no specific prognosis can be established at this point, the child is showing signs of improvement in his communication and movement, but continues to face a long rehabilitative process following what were extremely serious injuries.

Bravery, who was 17 at the time of the incident but can now be named, appeared before Bromley Youth Court on Tuesday, 6 August charged with attempted murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey for a pre-trial preparation hearing on Thursday, 7 November.

A trial was set for February but today, he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey, said: “This was an incredibly unusual and traumatic event and I can only imagine the horror the victim’s family felt as they realised what had happened to their child.

“The motive behind Jonty Bravery’s actions remains unclear. However, what is clear is the damage that has been done to this family, who have remained courageous and dignified in the face of such trauma, in addition to widespread media coverage of the incident.

“Members of the public and security staff acted swiftly to immediately detain the defendant prior to the arrival of police and I would like to thank them and those who came forward with witness accounts.

“Following today’s plea and conclusion of this case, the victim’s family have been spared the trauma of a trial and can now focus on their son’s care and rehabilitation.”

Sentencing will take place on 17 February 2020 at the Old Bailey.

The family of the injured child provided the following statement: “Our son still needs intensive rehabilitation since he hasn’t recovered mobility in all limbs or cognitive capacities. He is constantly awoken by pain and he can’t communicate that pain or call out to hospital staff.

“Life stopped for us four months ago. We don’t know when, or even if, we will be able to return to work, or return to our home, which is not adapted for a wheelchair.

“We are exhausted, we don’t know where this all leads, but we go on.

“We wish to thank all of the people, family and friends who have supported us throughout this horrific experience.”